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Malaysia: Immigration officer caught in $6 million graft case.

12 May 2017 Anti-graft officers on Monday arrested an immigration officer for taking bribes amounting to $6 million for granting work permits to 18,000 skilled and professional foreign workers. They also seized $570,000 in cash and luxury items from him. He collected RM 1,500 (US$ 345) per work pass. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has also sought remand orders from a court to detain two contractors, who are believed to be linked to the case. These two has acted as proxy for the immigration officer, and held some of the luxury assets. Total of five have been detained in...

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South Africa: Fast bowler charged with corruption

25 April 2017 Former fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been charged by CSA or several breaches of its Anti-Corruption Code relating to the T20 Challenge Series. Tsotsobe has been under investigation since 2015. But he was not suspended until now. CSA has now provisionally suspended Tsotsobe from playing, coaching or otherwise being involved in any capacity in any match under its jurisdiction. CSA stands for Cricket South Africa. He became the No. 1 ranked ODI bowler in the world in March 2012 and held the position until September that year. Local media reported that Thami Tsolekile, Gulam Bodi` Pumi...

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India: Modi fights corruption

24 April 2017 Prime Minister Narendra Modi is serious about ending corruption in India. Towards the end of last year, he demonetised large notes. The move was criticised by many. Ordinary people underwent great difficulties. Demonetisation did not fret out much of the corrupt money as expected, but it was expected to be a big setback in Modi’s re-election.  He did not mind it. It is not easy to eradicate corruption in India. Because it was steeped in corruption at all levels for more than 70 years, since independence. The demonetisation has made some positive contribution to the economy....

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South Korea: High level corruption arrests

18 April 2017 South Korean prosecutors, on Monday, charged the chairman of retail giant Lotte, Shin Dong-Bin, of paying $6.15 million to Choi Soon-sil’s sports foundation in exchange for furtherance of his duty-free business. On Monday prosecutors, formally indicted former president Park Geun-hye on charges of abuse of power, coercion, bribery and leaking state secrets. She remains in prison. Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong is also in the same detention centre as Park Geun-hye. His father, Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee, was convicted twice — and pardoned twice. Korea has a long history of being lenient towards conglomerate (“chaebol”) leaders,...

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Brazil: Construction giant Odebrecht fined $2.6 billion

18 April 2017 A U.S. judge on Monday sentenced Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht SA to pay $2.6 billion in fines on a plea deal between the company and U.S., Brazilian and Swiss authorities. Of this amount $93 million will go to the United States, $2.39 billion to Brazil and $116 million to Switzerland. The company is accused of paying about $788 million in bribes to officials in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Panama and Portugal to secure lucrative contracts. Some of those bribes were paid through U.S. banks. The case was a result of...

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